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Carl T. Johnson CADILLAC - Carl T. Johnson of Cadillac died Monday, Sept. 1, 2008 at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac, surrounded by his nieces. He was 97.
He was born June 1, 1911 in East Lake, Mich. to Charles Erik and Emma U. (Morin) Johnson. He graduated from Cadillac High School and while in high school, he organized the Cadillac Big Game Club. In 1929 he began his lifelong career selling life insurance, and while in Cadillac he was the owner/operator of Johnson Insurance with his brother Vernelle until he ¨ retired.
Carl T. Johnson married the former Elsie Paddock on March 22, 1933 in Cadillac; she preceded him in death on Dec. 5, 2006.
On January 1, 1942 Carl T. was sworn in as the youngest mayor of Cadillac and held office until he resigned to enlist in the U.S. Cavalry, serving in England for two years. He returned from the war to continue working and building the community through membership in various lodges and service groups, such as Cadillac Rotary Club (member since June 1, 1933), Clam Lake F & A Masonic Lodge #331, Cadillac Elks’ Lodge #680 (lifelong member), Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Equitable Life Million Dollar Roundtable. He attended both the United Methodist Church of Cadillac and the United Methodist Church of Manton, to name a few.

Carl T. was instrumental in founding the Michigan Bear Hunters’ Association in 1946 and was the founder of the Michigan Conservation Foundation in 1982. In 1963 he was appointed to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission by Gov. George Romney and served 17 years; he was elected as chairman three times. In 1969 he was recognized as one of the 10 most outstanding citizen conservationists in America and received a special award in Washington, D.C. He was appointed by Gov. William Milliken as personal liaison with the Michigan’s Congressional Delegation and the National Park Service to bring about improved management of the National Lakeshores at Sleeping Bear Dunes, Pictured Rocks and Isle Royale National Park.
Another accolade that Carl was given was Citizen of the Year award, which he received in 1980 and 1988. On May 16, 1992 a dream that Carl had for years - the Carl T. Johnson Hunting & Fishing Center - was dedicated in Cadillac. To say that Carl T. enjoyed the out-of-doors would be an understatement, but he also had interests such as playing golf, having coffee with friends, telling stories, writing articles for the local newspaper and spending time with his many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews who survive him.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at the United Methodist Church of Cadillac with Rev. Tom Ball and Parish Assistant Judy Coffey officiating. Burial with full military rites under the auspices of the Cadillac Area Honor Guard will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Cadillac.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m today, Wednesday, September 3, at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac.
For a more lasting memorial, you are asked to consider contributions to one of the following: Carl T. Johnson Hunting & Fishing Center, Friends of Mitchell State Park, Cadillac Rotary Foundation, United Methodist Church, Michigan ¨ Conservation Foundation or Mercy Hospice.
 

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Services are tomorrow, I will be attending.

I talked to Carl a number of times and had the privilege to be his partner in a foursome at a charity golf outing a few years back. What an incredible man and a hoot to golf with, every shot he took was as consistent, straight and true as he was in life.

You will be missed Carl and always remembered for all you have done in your life.
 

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Godspeed and thank you.
 
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